DelBello, McNomee and McCormack Lead GW Sailing at NYC Regattas
Freshman DelBello Places Fourth in Laser Division at Nevins Trophy
Sept. 23, 2013
KINGS POINT, N.Y. & THROGGS NECK, N.Y. - GW sailing faced tough competition and conditions at a pair of regattas this past weekend, finishing 15th out of 20 teams at the Nevins Trophy Intersectional, and ninth and 12th out of 18 teams at the Maritime Fall Open.
GW amassed 367 points over three divisions and 10 races at the Nevins Trophy on the Long Island Sound, propelled by freshman Daniel DelBello's fourth-place finish in the singlehanded C Division with 56 points. DelBello finished in the top half of the fleet in each of the event's 10 races, including a pair of runner-ups in Races 2 and 10. "Daniel showed that he can hang with all the top players in the collegiate singlehanded game," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce.
Sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney finished 17th out of 20 in B Division with 144 points, while freshman Colin Kennedy and junior Henry Young placed 20th in A Division with 167 points. No. 2 ranked Stanford, one of 14 ranked Coed teams at the event, captured the Nevins Trophy with 169 points.
"We had a good overall weekend considering the tough competition at the Nevins," added Coach Pearce. "We fought hard in A and B Division, but it was certainly a tough task. I think we gained an appreciation for how hard it is to win against the top ranked teams, and we can take that experience back to practice and make some improvements as the season goes on."
At the nearby Maritime Fall Open on the East River, sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack placed sixth in B Division to highlight the Colonials 1 team's ninth-place finish with 201 points. McNomee and McCormack closed strong with top-six finishes in four of their final six races, including a victory in the Race 12 finale, and totaled 80 points. The A Division of sophomore Jay Spector and junior Matthew Ricci finished in 11th with 121 points.
The Colonials 2 team totaled 267 points en route to placing 12th, led by the B Division of freshman Madison Oleson and senior Sloan Dickey in 10th with 110 points and a high finish of fifth in Race 3. The A Division duo of junior Madeline Taggart and sophomore Michael Ince peaked at sixth in Race 11 and finished 13th with 157 points. Hobart and William Smith Colleges totaled 97 points to win the event, edging out Fordham by five points.
"Our teams at the Maritime Open sailed well and also gained a lot of good experience," said Coach Pearce.
The Colonials return to action next weekend with another challenging regatta at the St. Mary's (Md.) Intersectional, as well as the MAISA Laser 2nd Qualifier at Kings Point.
GW will also host its inaugural Alumni Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Washington Sailing Marina from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of the university's Alumni Weekend 2013.